Fingal Head Lighthouse

Even though the Fingal Head light tower is not high and it is built on a low headland the lighthouse is effective as it is built on one of the most easterly points of Australia with plenty of deep water offshore.

History

The Fingal Head Lighthouse was erected in 1872 of stone, and painted white, the tower had a fixed white light of 1,000 candelas.

Even though the light tower is not high and it is built on a low headland the light is effective as it is built on one of the most easterly points of Australia with plenty of deep water offshore.

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Point Danger

Point Danger

Point Danger
3 Tweed Terrace, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia

Point Danger

Direction

Fingal Head

Fingal Head

Fingal Head
1B Lighthouse Parade, Fingal Head NSW 2487, Australia

Fingal Head

Direction

Cape Byron

Cape Byron

Cape Byron
Cape Byron Walking Track, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

Cape Byron

Direction

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The original kerosene wick burner was converted to automatic acetylene operation in 1920 with an output of 1,500 candelas and altered to group flashing. The one keeper was withdrawn at this time.

There is no record of the opening of this light considered so insignificant that apparently the first keeper did not think the matter of sufficient importance to take a record of the official opening.

Keepers

We need your help in compiling a list of keepers for this lighthouse. If you have any information then send it to keeper@lighthouses.org.au.

Please include this lighthouse’s name, the keepers full name and what years they were keepers. Also include the same information for any other lights they were on.

Technical Details

First Exhibited1872
Permanent Tower(optional - Date)
Current Tower1872
StatusActive
LocationLat. 28°12'1.11"S Long. 153°34'15.93"E
Original OpticChance Bros 4th order fixed
Current OpticVega FA-251
Automated1920
Demanned1920
ConstructionMasonry
Height7 m
Elevation24 m
RangeWhite 17 NM Red 14 NM
CharacterFl. 5s
IntensityWhite 37,000 cd; Red 9,000 cd
Light Source12v 75 watt quartz halogen lamp
Power SourceMains Electricity, Battery Standby
OperatorNSW Roads & Maritime
CustodianNSW Crown Lands
Notes

  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.

Access

The Fingal Head Lighthouse is located on the southern head of the Tweed River, which divides New South Wales and Queensland.

Tours

No

Accommodation

No

Museum

No

Friends Group

No

Associated Lighthouses

Richmond River – Ballina

Clarence River – Yamba

Tacking Point

Crowdy Head

Links

Fingal Head by Grant Maizels  External link

Sources

  • Cyril Curtain for Photographs
  • Ian Clifford for Photographs & Technical Data
  • Averil Legg
  • From Dusk Till Dawn by Gordon Reid
  • Mary Shelley Clark and Jack Clark
  • Sydney AFLOAT
  • W. Lippingwell, Coastal Lighthouses of NSW, 1938